Dettman Interviewed for New Fortune Magazine Article

Avenica CEO Scott Dettman was featured in a Fortune Magazine article by McKenna Moore to discuss how the coronavirus pandemic will affect the hiring process for both job seekers and employers. While companies shift their focus onto new ways to work and remain relevant in the current environment, Dettman also expects to see changes in the way companies recruit and evaluate potential hires. Read the full story HERE.

If you’re a student nearing graduation, a recent grad, or an early professional looking to take full advantage of your degree, check out our Avenica Pathways career development program for behavioral assessments, personalized coaching, and other valuable insights.

About Avenica

Through conversation, high-impact coaching, and best-in-class support, we translate and meet the needs of our client partners by identifying and transforming potential into high-performing professionals. At Avenica, we are working from the inside out to embrace diverse thought and perspectives while actively working to dismantle systems of oppression and implicit bias. With a deeply-held belief in human potential, we transform lives and enable organizations to achieve new heights.

If you’re interested in partnering with us to develop or hire your workforce, let’s talk. If you’re a job seeker, please join our network to connect with an Avenica Account Manager.

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Avenica Honors Juneteenth as a Company Holiday

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A Day to Celebrate: Avenica Honors Juneteenth as a Company Holiday

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Earlier this month, we announced steps we’re taking to create what we hope will be meaningful and impactful change to create safer, more equitable, and more inclusive workplaces and communities.

As we look around, we’ve been encouraged by so many other companies across the country commit to doing the same in their own ways. Because we know that it isn’t our actions alone that will solve or end systemic racism, it’s all of us, taking individual steps in the right direction, that will turn the tide and create positive change.

Today we’re proud to take another step as we announced that from this year forward, Avenica will recognize and celebrate Juneteenth as an annual, company-paid holiday.

“Our hope is that this helps bring awareness to the significance and importance of this day and gives us all time to reflect and further educate ourselves,” says Scott Dettman, CEO, Avenica.

For more information and history on the “oldest nationally-celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States,” please visit the Juneteenth website.

About Avenica

Through conversation, high-impact coaching, and best-in-class support, we translate and meet the needs of our client partners by identifying and transforming potential into high-performing professionals. At Avenica, we are working from the inside out to embrace diverse thought and perspectives while actively working to dismantle systems of oppression and implicit bias. With a deeply-held belief in human potential, we transform lives and enable organizations to achieve new heights.

If you’re interested in partnering with us to develop or hire your workforce, let’s talk. If you’re a job seeker, please join our network to connect with an Avenica Account Manager.

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Avenica CEO featured in Fortune Magazine

Avenica CEO Scott Dettman was featured in a Fortune Magazine article by McKenna Moore to discuss how the coronavirus pandemic will affect the hiring process for both job seekers and employers. While companies shift their focus onto new ways to work and remain relevant in the current environment, Dettman also expects to see changes in the way companies recruit and evaluate potential hires. Read the full story HERE.

If you’re a student nearing graduation, a recent grad, or an early professional looking to take full advantage of your degree, check out our Avenica Pathways career development program for behavioral assessments, personalized coaching, and other valuable insights.

About Avenica

Through conversation, high-impact coaching, and best-in-class support, we translate and meet the needs of our client partners by identifying and transforming potential into high-performing professionals. At Avenica, we are working from the inside out to embrace diverse thought and perspectives while actively working to dismantle systems of oppression and implicit bias. With a deeply-held belief in human potential, we transform lives and enable organizations to achieve new heights.

If you’re interested in partnering with us to develop or hire your workforce, let’s talk. If you’re a job seeker, please join our network to connect with an Avenica Account Manager.

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College Clubs and Orgs: Choose Your Own Adventure

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College Clubs and Orgs: Choose Your Own Adventure

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College is like a Choose Your Own Adventure book. You decide your major, pick the classes you want to take, and choose which activities to take part in. You really get to make of it what you want and create your own experience. One way to really tailor your experience is through on-campus clubs and orgs. The list of kinds of clubs to join is nearly endless. Even the smallest schools still have a robust offering, and most schools even allow you to create a club if the one you’d want to join doesn’t already exist.

Students join various on-campus clubs for a variety of reasons—to enhance social life, meet like-minded students, or pursue personal interests—but while providing all that and more, clubs also help to develop skills that can, and probably will, be used in your professional life, as well. From planning, teamwork, leadership, and networking, clubs can help you develop as a student and as the professional you’ll be after graduation. They also provide much-needed color and experience to what can be a sparse resume, especially for newly-graduated job seekers.

There are academic and educational clubs where students can dig deeper into their area of study with other like-minded students, and there are also other interest-based clubs that range from different kinds of hobbies, sports, and activities to community service, politics, culture, and religion. And don’t think that the only way a student can gain leadership or professional experience is through Model UN, student government, or student newspaper participation. While those opportunities are great, there are plenty of ways to get resume-building experience while also nurturing and fostering your personal interests.

Want a future in finance and have a knack for knitting? Set your sites on the treasurer position of your school’s knitting club to both satisfy your yearn for yarn and help you gain experience managing money. Or perhaps you’re a movie maven with an interest in international business. A foreign film club could help you cultivate some cultural competence while soaking up the silver screen.

No matter how you build your own college adventure, consider how to incorporate club and org participation to enrich your experience and help working towards your future career goals.

About Avenica

Through conversation, high-impact coaching, and best-in-class support, we translate and meet the needs of our client partners by identifying and transforming potential into high-performing professionals. At Avenica, we are working from the inside out to embrace diverse thought and perspectives while actively working to dismantle systems of oppression and implicit bias. With a deeply-held belief in human potential, we transform lives and enable organizations to achieve new heights.

If you’re interested in partnering with us to develop or hire your workforce, let’s talk. If you’re a job seeker, please join our network to connect with an Avenica Account Manager.

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Why Avenica Pathways is Personal

This week, we are officially launching free access for graduating seniors impacted by the COVID-19 crisis to our Avenica Pathways program – a career development program for college students that leverages expert assessment, coaching, and job readiness training to drastically impact the marketability of entry-level talent. We’ve taken Avenica’s signature candidate experience and curated it for the anxious college senior in an easy-to-use online experience. Again, this program is now free! Did I mention it was free?

There were a million reasons for us to do this – we understand that college seniors are experiencing extra anxiety, we feel that we have a moral obligation to help however we can in a crisis, we know pocketbooks are extra tight – the list goes on. But in many ways, this program feels personal. Current pandemic aside, we know the plight of being a college senior who doesn’t know what they’re doing after graduation.

We were them.

In 2010, I was a senior at the University of Texas at Austin – a campus of 50,000 and home of the diehard Texas Longhorns. I was in the English Honors program and had my sights set on graduating. Over the years, I had toyed with a number of ideas – entering academia, becoming a lawyer, covering the Arab Spring as a rogue journalist – but nothing held firm. I ended up staying a fifth year after being elected Student Body Vice President. It gave me time to add on a second BA, this time in Women’s and Gender Studies, and also gave me the incredible experience of being a student leader on a huge campus. But it also had the adverse effect of delaying the inevitable.

So in my super senior year, I was juggling an honors thesis, student government responsibilities, and LSAT prep classes. I was busy but unfocused, and if I’m being really honest, I think that was by design. As May loomed closer and the high from student leadership was wearing off, I was running out of time and ideas. I applied to Teach for America and freaked out at their offer to be placed in Tulsa, OK. I didn’t do as well on the LSAT as I’d hoped. (I mean, how could I have been surprised with all the roadblocks I’d created for myself?)

Look – I’m going to pause right here to say I know, I was a big nerd in school. And I had the luxury of being able to even consider different options, even if I failed at them. But today’s reality of frozen pipelines and rescinded offers is a stark contrast. I’m getting there.

So, May came and went. I moved back to my hometown of Houston and started working on a mayoral campaign. I realized city politics wasn’t for me. I tried my hand at technical writing. The lack of human interaction left me wanting more. Through good friendship and fortune, I landed an entry-level management consulting role at global giant Accenture. I felt like I’d finally hit my stride – I was constantly surrounded by people, I was challenged by my work, and I enjoyed the structured learning process and career path.

The rest, as they say, is history – or at least, it’s documented in my bio on the Avenica leadership page. But the importance of my time in consulting is that it gave me the gift of knowing more about myself: what motivated me, how I preferred to learn, how I preferred to work, my strengths as a teammate, my weaknesses with detail-oriented tasks, and much more.

I realized this: self-awareness is the key to finding the right job.

Today’s market is unlike anything we have ever seen. I was a scared and confused college senior during a “normal” time, and I can’t even begin to imagine what today’s seniors must be feeling. We are seeing record unemployment, corporate layoffs, and frozen or rescinded offers. There are so many things we can’t control. But here’s the good news – the one thing you can control is you.

I’m so proud of our Pathways program because it provides deep insights into a student’s existing potential and abilities. Being equipped with self-awareness and the tools to harness your gifts is a potent combination for job hunting at any level and in any economy. You have to know yourself to effectively sell yourself and convince an organization that you are uniquely suited for their team.

I can’t wait to help the class of 2020 see themselves as the amazing talent we already know they will be.

To register or learn more about Avenica Pathways, click HERE.

About Avenica

Through conversation, high-impact coaching, and best-in-class support, we translate and meet the needs of our client partners by identifying and transforming potential into high-performing professionals. At Avenica, we are working from the inside out to embrace diverse thought and perspectives while actively working to dismantle systems of oppression and implicit bias. With a deeply-held belief in human potential, we transform lives and enable organizations to achieve new heights.

If you’re interested in partnering with us to develop or hire your workforce, let’s talk. If you’re a job seeker, please join our network to connect with an Avenica Account Manager.

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Avenica CEO Scott Dettman Featured on WCCO Mid-Morning

Avenica CEO Scott Dettman joins WCCO Mid-Morning Hosts Jason DeRusha and Heather Brown to provide job search tips for graduating college students entering a job market impacted by COVID-19. Watch the full segment on WCCOTV or click below.

About Avenica

Through conversation, high-impact coaching, and best-in-class support, we translate and meet the needs of our client partners by identifying and transforming potential into high-performing professionals. At Avenica, we are working from the inside out to embrace diverse thought and perspectives while actively working to dismantle systems of oppression and implicit bias. With a deeply-held belief in human potential, we transform lives and enable organizations to achieve new heights.

If you’re interested in partnering with us to develop or hire your workforce, let’s talk. If you’re a job seeker, please join our network to connect with an Avenica Account Manager.

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Avenica CEO Scott Dettman Interview with Cory Hepola, WCCO

Avenica CEO Scott Dettman joined WCCO host Cory Hepola to talk about how companies are approaching the hiring process amid COVID-19, in addition to providing tips for job seekers who are now navigating a virtual job market.

Listen to the full interview on the WCCO Radio website, or click below.


About Avenica

Through conversation, high-impact coaching, and best-in-class support, we translate and meet the needs of our client partners by identifying and transforming potential into high-performing professionals. At Avenica, we are working from the inside out to embrace diverse thought and perspectives while actively working to dismantle systems of oppression and implicit bias. With a deeply-held belief in human potential, we transform lives and enable organizations to achieve new heights.

If you’re interested in partnering with us to develop or hire your workforce, let’s talk. If you’re a job seeker, please join our network to connect with an Avenica Account Manager.

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Your Online Presence Could Help You Get a Job

It’s possible that you’ve managed to make it all this way in life without joining a single social media platform, but for the other almost 90% of you social media participants, ask yourself these questions: what would someone see if they searched for you online, and could what they find hurt your chances at getting a job?

It’s with hope that each candidate a company hires, not only can fulfill the duties of the position, but helps to further solidify their culture and fulfill their company mission. As such, you as a job seeker should assume you will be fully vetted to ensure you’re fit for the position and company. That absolutely means they’ll be Googling you and creeping on your social media. Assuming we’re all fully aware of the negative effects inappropriate language and photos can have, as well as, discriminatory comments about race, religion, gender, etc., let’s discuss how social media can actually help you in your job search efforts.

For most people, social media is far more than just a way to stay connected with friends and family. It’s an extension of your personal brand, and, because it’s your own curated content of thoughts, words, and photos, it reflects the way you want to be represented and seen. So why wouldn’t you make every effort to make yourself look good?

Google yourself

What pops up in association with your name will influence what people think about you. To know what others will see and get a comprehensive overview of your online presence, simply Google yourself. There’s content out there that you do have control over, so get started with identifying what you can clean up. Obviously if you’ve made a news headline or have a criminal record, you have little to no control over that content, but anything you’ve posted on and from your social media sites, you have ultimate control over. You can either set your social media profiles to private and continue to post freely, or you can remove the content directly from your personal accounts you wouldn’t want hiring managers and recruiters to see.

Add to your Google results by creating your own website or blog to publish stories, images, videos; becoming a contributor to an existing website or blog; and joining forums or discussion group. Add content to your social media that shows you engaging in good times with friends and family and with your community. Show your personality, lifestyle, hobbies, and interests in fun, positive ways so hiring decision makers get a sense of how you’ll fit into the company.

Move beyond building a network

If you haven’t already, get on LinkedIn. Keep your profile updated, search available opportunities in “jobs”, and build your network. But go beyond basic, get engaged and be an active participant. Build your professional brand by sharing articles that speak to the kind of professional you are and want to be, and show potential employers/peepers your unique perspective through professional, thoughtful commentary. Consider the content you share carefully and know that you will be judged—positively or negatively—on it. Just make sure it’s an accurate representation of the person and professional you truly are.

Now back to those of you who haven’t taken the plunge, what do you think your absence says to recruiters and hiring managers? For good or bad, it allows others to make and pass their own judgements. They could be positive impressions—this person prioritizes and values true interaction and connection and that’s why they’ve stayed away. But they could also be negative—this person is antisocial, has something to hide, or can’t go with the flow and has to go against the grain (could be seen as positive or negative). Obviously, you have to make the choice for yourself, but more and more, people are taking to online research before making hiring decisions. If you can control your own narrative and online reputation—for the most part—you should do so in a way that puts you in the best possible light.

These efforts can take time. If you’re still a college student, start now so you have a robust online presence by the time you’re ready to begin your job search. But it’s truly never too late. No matter where you are in your career, you should always monitor and make improvements. As with your resume, your online presence is like a living document that develops, evolves, and grows as you do.

About Avenica

Through conversation, high-impact coaching, and best-in-class support, we translate and meet the needs of our client partners by identifying and transforming potential into high-performing professionals. At Avenica, we are working from the inside out to embrace diverse thought and perspectives while actively working to dismantle systems of oppression and implicit bias. With a deeply-held belief in human potential, we transform lives and enable organizations to achieve new heights.

If you’re interested in partnering with us to develop or hire your workforce, let’s talk. If you’re a job seeker, please join our network to connect with an Avenica Account Manager.

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Your First Year on the Job: Don’t Just Survive, Thrive

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Your First Year on the Job: Don’t Just Survive, Thrive

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Your first year on the job can be rewarding and fun, but it can also be challenging, confusing, and stressful. Learning all the components of your role along with meeting your new team and finding your place in it are hard enough, but then you actually have to work?

But you want to thrive, not just survive. So, how, as a new employee, do you start adding real value to your team and company? Our advice? Start small, and don’t try to do it all at once.

Understand Your Role and Your Responsibilities

You, especially in the beginning of your career, are a small cog that helps to operate one mechanism in the large machine that is your company. Depending on the size of your company, the tasks you carry out in your position can have varying degrees of effect on the business as a whole. But no matter what, your actions contribute to or impede the overall success of the company, especially in the smaller environment of your team. Adding value starts with just doing what’s expected of your position. While it sounds simple, each position has many different components, and it can take time to learn and carry them all out. And that’s okay. Learn your new position inside and out, and make sure you’re meeting expectations. Ask questions, get clarification on your assigned tasks, and check in with/update your supervisor regularly to ensure you’re on the right track.

Identify Opportunities

As you’re learning your role and getting comfortable performing the expected functions of your position, start identifying opportunities where you can provide additional support, solve problems, improve processes to cut out inefficiencies. And whenever possible, go beyond simply identifying the problems; provide solutions, ideas, and a plan of attack to support your ideas. One good think about being new is you come in fresh eyes, a different perspective, and new ideas. Just remember to be thoughtful about your approach. Think through different possible outcomes and write in contingencies and alternatives. Most importantly, highlight the benefits. Do your ideas save time and or money, eliminate a problem, or create a new/better process? This is your money shot, so don’t forget to play this part up.

Build Relationships

You’ll be spending a lot of time at work, so you might as well enjoy it. Building strong relationships within your team and with various business partners not only makes your time at work more enjoyable, it helps you to be more productive and engaged. Additionally, if you’re in a customer/client-facing role, it’s vital to build and maintain strong, trusting relationships. The relationships you build and with whom can have far-reaching effects on your career and your ability to develop, advance, and gain buy in for your ideas and projects. Start with your team; be trustworthy, support when and how you can, and bring a fun and positive attitude. Join in on social events like happy hours and company outings. This is a great way to meet and interact with people in a more casual setting where you can really get to know people, especially those outside of your team.

Your first weeks, months, and even year in a new position can really set the tone for how you’ll perform and be recognized in years to come. So make it count. Start with getting really good at your job, be a good team member and colleague, find opportunities to add value, build and maintain great relationships, and most importantly, have fun. Again, you’ll be spending a lot of time at work, so do what you can to make it a fun and positive experience for you and others around you. You’ll be happier, more productive, and hopefully, more rewarded for the effort!

About Avenica

Through conversation, high-impact coaching, and best-in-class support, we translate and meet the needs of our client partners by identifying and transforming potential into high-performing professionals. At Avenica, we are working from the inside out to embrace diverse thought and perspectives while actively working to dismantle systems of oppression and implicit bias. With a deeply-held belief in human potential, we transform lives and enable organizations to achieve new heights.

If you’re interested in partnering with us to develop or hire your workforce, let’s talk. If you’re a job seeker, please join our network to connect with an Avenica Account Manager.

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4 Productive Ways to Start Your Day

Mornings are great. Mornings are my favorite. That is until the alarm goes off. Getting out of bed might be the hardest thing you today, especially if you have a strong relationship with the snooze button. Changing your morning routine—or creating a morning routine—can help make the rest of your day more productive and successful. It might be challenging at first, but committing to a routine gets easier and easier every day you do it. Start with these four simple steps, and you’ll be crushing your morning routine in no time!

Make your bed

Don’t tell my mom I said this, but she was totally onto something here. In his commencement speech at The University of Texas, Admiral William H. McRaven said this, “If you make your bed every morning, you will have accomplished the first task of the day. It will give you a small sense of pride, and it will encourage you to do another task, and another, and another. And by the end of that day, one task completed will turn into many tasks completed.”

Exercise

Throughout your entire day, people are depending on you for something. In the morning, before others are up, may be your only chance for “me” time, especially if you are a parent, have a significant other, are employed, are a student… are human. A morning workout sesh is the perfect time to plan your day, set goals, and get yourself pumped up for a productive day. Not to mention the scientifically proven benefit of higher fat oxidation that can happen before brekkie and a more enhanced metabolism.

Eat breakfast

Speaking of brekkie, too many people skip it. And, no your Grande Mocha Frappuccino doesn’t count. Breakfast kickstarts your metabolism and provides the energy needed to start your day at peak performance.
Better focus ✓ More productive ✓ Delicious ✓

Goal Set

From your everyday tasks to big accomplishments, think about how you’ll complete them or make progress towards them and what tools, resources you’ll need. Set priorities and schedule out your day to ensure you’re committing enough time and focus to what needs to be done. Make a list, putting it in writing helps to solidify your commitment and helps to keep you accountable. Plus, being able to check things off the list is peak gratification. Here are some goal setting tips to help you get started.

Good and positive behavior is habit forming if done consistently. Start with just one of the actions and keep adding on until you’ve got all four. You’ll be healthier, more focused, more productive, more organized, and pulling back the covers of your well-made bed every night will be so satisfying.

If you’re looking for a role, browse our current openings and apply today! We look forward to working with you.

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